ケント・ギルバート 2015-01-09 17:26:53

Most Americans will know or have heard of Dr. Robert J. Shapiro, a prominent economist who served as Undersecretary of Commerce during the Clinton administration. See his full profile at this URL: http://www.sonecon.com/experts.php?id=1

Dr. Shapiro has posted an extremely interesting speech on Youtube addressed directly to President Park Geun-hye of South Korea, and which has the Korean internet users in a small uproar.

From what I can ascertain, the speech exists only in English, and there is no version with Japanese subtitles, so we have transcribed the text and translated it to Japanese. If you read it while watching the following video, you may even learn some new English.
Dr. Robert J. Shapiro Addresses South Korean President Park Geun-hye

We are attempting to contact Dr. Shapiro, so we will report any new information. If someone wants to tackle translating it to another language, please go ahead. In that case, please let me know where you have uploaded it to.

Dr. Robert J. Shapiro Addresses South Korean President Park Geun-hye
ロバート・J・シャピロ博士の韓国大統領 朴槿惠氏に対する公開声明

President Park,

I speak today as a friend and admirer of South Korea, an economist who has written extensively about your country’s remarkable transformation from a desperately poor agrarian economy to one of the world’s most economically advanced nations.

Korea is the single greatest economic success story of the last half century. But Korea today faces new challenges which will influence whether in the coming decade your country continues to prosper.

To begin, Madam President, press freedom, a hallmark of all true democracies, is under assault. The recent indictment of Tatsuya Kato for defamation is an example of a disturbing trend of harassment of foreign correspondents inside Korea.

The United Nations, as you know, has also launched a formal investigation into discrimination against non-Koreans in your country. Beyond the offense to human rights, such attacks on the free press can only discourage flows of foreign direct investment into Korea.

An even larger stumbling block for Korea’s continued prosperity is its unresolved relationship with Japan, the region’s largest free economy and democracy. Though World War II ended nearly 70 years ago, there remain many hard feelings.

Long ago, Japan paid some eight hundred million dollars ($800,000,000) in reparations to Korean victims of that war. Yet declassified documents indicate that under then-President Park Chung-hee those funds never made it to such victims, the so-called comfort women.

That may explain in small part why some old wounds have never healed. And those wounds are often reopened by the disturbingly hostile attitude towards Japan seen in Korean media and often encouraged by official statements.

Japan is a major source of foreign direct investment in Korea, a major market for Korean exports, a major source of Korean imports. It’s time to further extend and deepen the trade relations between Asia’s two most successful democratic economies.

I urge you, President Park, to take action on all of these fronts. Consider your landmark trade accord with Viet Nam, which has put aside wartime acts by Korean soldiers against civilians during Viet Nam’s civil war. It is time, President Park, to put progress ahead of past conflicts and extend the hand of friendship to Japan.

Thank you.
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